Driver rear-ended by truck while slowing for stopped traffic.
Jury verdict in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Injured driver run off of the road into a guardrail by a semi-truck.
Intoxicated driving motor vehicle accident.
Driver injured in rear end semi-truck wreck.
Slip and Fall
Our client sustained severe injuries after falling on a hazardous walkway outside of an apartment complex.
Our client sustained a broken bone that required surgery.
Our client sustained a broken shoulder.
What Are Some Common Causes of Car Accidents in Austin?
Some of the most common causes of car crashes in Austin include:
- Tailgating/following too closely
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Reckless driving
- Hit and run
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Turning/changing lanes without signaling or checking mirrors
- Driving while texting and other distracted driving behaviors
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Drowsy/fatigued driving
- Driver inexperience
- Inadequate vehicle maintenance
- Poor visibility due to low lighting or adverse weather
- Motorcycle accidents
- Poor road conditions or dangerous intersections
- Defective cars, auto parts, or mechanical issues
- Rideshare accidents
What Are Some of the Most Common Injuries Suffered by Car Accident Victims?
Some of the most common injuries caused by car accidents in Austin include:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Burns from post-crash car fires
- Broken or fractured bones
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Muscle/tendon strains and tears
- Nerve damage
- Fatal crashes
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Crush injuries
- Back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal injuries and bleeding
- Facial and head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Traumatic amputation/limb loss
What Compensation Can You Recover After a Car Accident in Austin?
The compensation you might recover for expenses and losses due to the crash includes:
- Medical bills and rehabilitation expenses, including doctor's appointments, physical therapy, and prescription medication
- Costs of long-term medical and personal care and support, including home health services, purchases of medical/mobility equipment, or housekeeping
- Lost income from missed work or reduced earnings if you must take part-time/light-duty work during your recover
- Lost earning capacity and job benefits due to permanent disability from work
- Car repair expenses, such as property damage
- Reimbursement of your car's value if the insurance company declares it totaled after the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Lost enjoyment and quality of life
You may also recover punitive damages in a car accident lawsuit. The damages described above compensate you for specific losses. Punitive damages punish an at-fault party for egregious conduct and dissuade others from similar conduct in the future.
How Can An Austin Car Accident Lawyer Help With Your Claim?
After a car accident, you deserve to focus your time and effort on your medical attention and rehabilitation. But you also need financial compensation to cover the costs of your recovery. Our law firm can help.
Car crashes can be very difficult on your personal life, with injured clients reporting complications in their daily lives after severe accidents. Texas law allows you to pursue compensation for these damages.
Let an Austin car accident attorney from Fletcher Law Office take care of pursuing your legal rights by:
- Thoroughly investigating the accident to obtain evidence, including police accident reports, eyewitness statements, or surveillance footage of the crash
- Collaborating with accident reconstruction experts to review the evidence and identify who may have liability for the crash and your injuries
- Documenting your injuries and losses to calculate the amount of compensation that would provide you with a full financial recovery
- Discussing your legal options with you and preparing you for what to expect at each stage of the claims process
- Filing your auto insurance claims and negotiating with adjusters to secure the compensation you need
- Taking your case to trial if the insurance companies won't agree to a fair settlement and pursuing a judgment in your favor
When Should I Hire A Car Accident Lawyer?
Immediately after suffering a personal injury in an auto accident. Car accidents are high stakes, and require prompt action. If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to seek legal advice from a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Talking with one of our Austin car accident lawyers even the day after your auto accident may be crucial in protecting your rights. For each type of car accident, you will will want to make sure that evidence from the scene is preserved, such as with dangerous intersections.
The insurance company does not represent your interests
One thing that many car accident clients do not immediately comprehend after auto accidents, is that the insurance company does not have their best interests in mind.
Often they are requesting recorded statements after Austin car accidents while you are not represented that can be used against you later on. Hiring one of our Austin car accident lawyers can ensure that your rights are protected and that the insurance company involved is held liable for any damages incurred.
Frequently Asked Questions about Car Accident Claims
We receive a lot of questions from prospective clients about their rights following car accidents that were not their fault. The following are some answers to some frequently asked questions, and if you have specific questions about a crash, contact us by phone or online to speak with the Austin car accident lawyers at our office.
When Do I Need to File My Car Accident Claim?
Sec. 16.003 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code gives you two years after a car accident to file a lawsuit against the party that injured you. The court will refuse to hear your case if you file a lawsuit after this deadline expires.
A car accident claim against a local or state government must follow the notice requirements of Sec. 101.101 of the Civil Practice and Remedies Code. This statute requires you to give the government or a government agency notice of your car accident claim within six months after the crash.
How Long Do Car Accident Cases Take to Settle?
Every car accident is different, so we cannot accurately predict how long a case will take without knowing the details of your crash.
In general, however, these factors may affect the time your case needs to resolve:
- The type and severity of your injuries
- How long it takes you to reach maximum medical improvement for your injuries
- Whether you suffer temporary or permanent paralysis due to your injuries
- Whether you miss time from work or suffer a reduction in income during your recovery
- Whether you can return to work after reaching maximum recovery from your injuries
- Whether other people also suffered injuries or property damage in the crash
- The number of parties liable for your injuries and losses
- The availability of insurance coverage and applicable policy limits
- The complexity of the evidence
- Your attorney’s skills and resources
- Whether you need to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation claims
- The schedule and availability of the trial court
Do I Need a Lawyer For A Settlement From the Insurance Company?
Yes. Always consult a car accident attorney, even if the insurance company has already offered you a settlement. The insurance company often offers a quick settlement in the hopes that you need the cash immediately and will accept less than what you deserve.
Also, you might not know the full extent of your injuries and losses immediately after the crash. Once the shock and adrenaline wear off, you might experience symptoms of injuries you didn't notice, or your injuries might worsen with time.
Always do the smart thing and hire a lawyer to represent you. You can rest easier knowing someone will look out for your best interests and actively negotiate for the best possible settlement. If the other side refuses to offer a fair settlement, your lawyer might advise rejecting the insurance company's offer and filing a lawsuit to seek compensation in court.